Week in review: Gaming gets small
Sony takes the wraps off its new PS3 Slim game console, which is smaller, lighter, and cheaper. Also: Microsoft and Facebook on the court docket.
Sony is taking the game console wars down a notch with its new machine's belt size.
The electronics giant finallyand gave it the more affordable $299 price tag consumers have been clamoring for.
Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai performed the unveiling at a press conference Tuesday in Cologne, Germany, preceding the opening of the Gamescom Expo.
The Slim is hitting stores September 1 in North America and Europe. Hirai says the device has the same features and functions as the "old" PS3 but is 33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter, and comes with a 120GB hard drive.
The PS3 Slim changes the marketplace considerably. Standalone Blu-ray players that offer similar performance to the PS3, like the LG BD390 and Samsung BD-P3600, used to offer some savings over PS3, but now they actually cost a little more. All of this begs the question:
Needless to say, Sony hopes that a trimmed-down--and less expensive--PS3 Slim will similarly invigorate sales of the PlayStation 3, which has lagged behind the Nintendo Wii and the Microsoft Xbox 360 and has taken some of the luster off the PlayStation brand (even though earlier versions of the PS3 received high marks from this publication). Here is .
The software maker also asks an appeals court to quickly hear an appeal of the order, which threatens to halt sales of Microsoft Word in its current form.
Complaint alleges that the social-networking site is violating California consumer privacy laws by disseminating private information to third parties for commercial purposes.
Florida man accused of stealing credit card data from TJX is among those named in breach involving Heartland, 7-Eleven, Hannaford Brothers, and others.
CEO Owen Van Natta said in a conference call that the News Corp.-owned social network has agreed to purchase the social music site, following rumors.
The Internet Archive is reportedly forming a coalition of tech giants to be led by veteran Silicon Valley attorney Gary Reback.
With the federal government giving its nod, the biggest remaining hurdle is getting the OK from the European Commission.
A handful of unwelcome applications were sending Facebook users to a phishing site, stealing passwords, and then spamming users' friends.
Compaq and Gateway gain ground in the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index, but Apple maintains a wide lead.
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